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Intelligence Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History

Recently we visited Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History at The Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side. An American designer, Mizrahi is known for being at the epicenter of the disruption and experimentation in fashion that occurred in downtown New York in the 1980s and 1990s. His work ignites a conversation of high vs low fashion, femininity, contemporary art, culture, politics and glamour.

The rooms of the exhibition feature a mix of bold and happy colors. The “Cotton Candy Cocktail”, a pink confection-like, mohair and sequins embellished dress pops next to a patchy silk skirt inspired by common moving blankets, a dress made out of Coca Cola cans and an all-black ski outfit complete with a bonbon of a fur hat. His playful, almost cheeky collection is complete with a selection of quirky accessories, such as a strand of rhinestones and rocks found in Central Park, a bedazzled raccoon purse, and a jewel lobster shoulder pad on a leather harness.

His clothing is both glamorous and attainable. It reimagines color while accentuating his diverse imagination–expressive, unexpected and vibrant. He purposes his clothing for the sake of performance, born from a world hyper-saturated with images of consumerism. It goes beyond cloth and questions larger ideas of fashion and culture, while maintaining a glamorous playful aesthetic. It is a must see!

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Isaac Mizrahi, 2015. Copyright: Photograph © Jason Frank Rothenberg



TG-0210 ©Press Office Cardarelli Installation view of sketches for the first Isaac Mizrahi New York collection show, fall 1988. On view in the exhibition Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, March 18-August 7, 2016. Installation view of sketches for the first Isaac Mizrahi

New York collection show, fall 1988.

On view in the exhibition Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History,

March 18-August 7, 2016.

Installation view of the exhibition Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, March 18-August 7, 2016. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald. Installation view of the exhibition Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History,

March 18-August 7, 2016.

The Jewish Museum, NY.

Photo by: David Heald.

Installation view of the exhibition Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, March 18-August 7, 2016. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald. Installation view of the exhibition Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History,

March 18-August 7, 2016.

The Jewish Museum, NY.

Photo by: David Heald.

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